New Delhi, Legendary actor Dilip Kumar today passed away at 7:30 today morning after a prolonged illness at a city hospital in Mumbai. He was 98. The actor was admitted to a city hospital on last Wednesday after facing breathlessness. He is survived by wife Saira Banu.
The actor was admitted to a city hospital on last Wednesday after facing breathlessness. The last rites will be held at 5 pm at the Juhu Qabrastan at Santacruz Mumbai, a post from his Twitter handle said. President Ram Nath Kovind,Vice President M. Venkaiya Naidu,Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and other stalwarts from the political and bollywood have condoled the death of Dilip Kumar.
Dilip Kumar was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan award in 1991 for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema. Kumar was bestowed with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh honoured Kumar with NTR National Award in 1997. The Government of Pakistan conferred Kumar with Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award in Pakistan, in 1998.
President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed anguish on the demise of actor Dilip Kumar. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, Dilip Kumar summarised in himself a history of emerging India. He said, the thespian’s charm transcended all boundaries and he was loved across the subcontinent. The President said, with his demise, an era ends. He said, Dilip Saab will live forever in the heart of India. Mr Kovind expressed condolences to the family and countless fans.
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed grief on the demise of actor and former Rajya Sabha member Dilip Kumar. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, in the death of Dilip Kumar, the world of cinema has lost one of the greatest Indian actors. He said, although known by the sobriquet Tragedy King, the legendary thespian was one of the most versatile actors and essayed a variety of roles from social dramas to romantic hero with equal felicity.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also expressed grief on the demise of legendary actor Dilip Kumar. In a tweet, Mr Modi said,
Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend.
The Prime Minister said, he was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. Mr Modi said, his passing away is a loss to our cultural world. He expressed condolences to the family, friends and innumerable admirers of Dilip Kumar.
Home Minister Amit Shah has expressed grief on the demise of Actor Dilip Kumar. In a tweet, Mr Shah said, Dilip Kumar Ji was a veritable legend of the silver screen. In him, Indian Cinema has lost one of the greatest actors. The Home Minister said, he has entertained generations of cinema lovers with his incredible acting and iconic roles. He expressed condolences to Dilip Kumar’s family and followers.
The Prime minister said Kumar would be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers,” Mr. Modi said on Twitter.
Amitabh Bachchan, who co-starred with him in Shakti , said an institution has gone. “Whenever the history of Indian cinema will be written, it shall always be ‘before Dilip Kumar and after Dilip Kumar. My duas for peace of his soul and the strength to the family to bear this loss… Deeply saddened”, Mr. Bachchan said.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said Kumar’s extraordinary contribution to Indian cinema will be remembered for generations to come.
Among the many who paid their tributes to the actor, an inspiration for generations of actors to follow, was Subhash Ghai, who worked with him in “Karma” and “Saudagar”.